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Flights to Bogota: a Capital with a thousand faces

Destination Bogota to enjoy the view of the Colpatria Tower from Monserrate

A global stage: that is what Bogotá becomes every time it hosts fairs such as the International Book Fair, the Stereo Picnic Festival or the Ibero-American Theater Festival. The latter also takes dramaturgy to the streets, parks and cultural centers: 1,200 artists who take over the capital city, mixing daily life with fiction. Have you booked your flight to Bogotá yet? Before you do, check out its variate cultural offer.

Destination Bogota to know the Plaza de Bolívar

There is also a side of the city that contrasts the color of its traditional brick architecture
and the green background of its eastern hills
. From the top of one of them, called
Monserrate, you can truly see the size of a city in which about 8 million people live. Bogotá is located 2,630 meters above sea level; therefore, its climate is typically cold with an average temperature of 13.5 °C. It’s advisable to wear a jacket or a light sweater and carry an umbrella during the city’s rainy seasons (between March and May or between October and November).

Destination Bogota El Dorado International Airport

Bogotá is also the face of development. Even though it was here where the legend of El Dorado came to life, today there is a real Dorado: the airport, an air terminal in which 31 million passengers pass through each year. Flights arriving to Bogotá land at a terminal that has been granted four stars by the auditing company Skytrax, which means it is one of the best in the region.

Destination Bogota to enjoy the view of the buildings of the International Center

Work travelers also arrive here, as it is the fifth best city in Latin America to do business, according to the 2016 ranking of América Economía. In addition, on account of its direct foreign investment, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) considers Bogotá to be one of the Latin American cities that will have a leading role in the future of the region. That's the face of business and progress in Bogotá.

Destination Bogota to enjoy Monserrate eastern hills of Bogota

If you travel for business, you might be interested in our flights to Santiago de Chile, capital of one of the fastest growing economies in the region.

Not only is it the economic center of Colombia; it is also its academic heart: it is the city with the most universities and research centers in the country. Not to mention other aspects, such as its gastronomy—with culinary options from all around Colombia and some of the best restaurants in the country—, its sports—with its high-performance centers, stadiums, coliseums and parks—, its natural attractions—with its hills and metropolitan park—or even its commercial side, which includes places to buy crafts such as the Flea Market or the Artesanías de Colombia shops. 

Check out flight options to Bogotá, explore this multifaceted capital and enjoy everything the city has to offer.

Where to go in Bogota?

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Route Through Bogotá's Icons 

 On your next flights to Bogota, give yourself time to get to know the different facets of the city with this tour of some must-see places. On the one hand, colonial history, indigenous heritage, local art, national and international gastronomic influences. On the other hand, the green spaces for walking, jogging and even yoga.

If this is the first time you fly to Bogotá—or even if it isn’t—, here is an essential tour of the most emblematic places of the Colombian capital.

Monserrate

Destination Bogota to know the hill of Monserrate

Monserrate is one of the highest points in Bogotá (3,152 meters above sea level). It's the most visited tourist attraction in the city, with about two million people every year. At its summit you will find the Basilica of the Lord of Monserrate and the restaurants Casa Santa Clara (typical Colombian food) and Casa San Isidro (French cuisine).

Parque de la 93

Destination Bogota to enjoy the 93rd Park

Located in the north of the city, this park is well known for its diverse cultural activities, including Christmas lighting and a festival dedicated to literature. Here, restaurants, bars, clubs and shops converge, making the park one of the most attractive places in the city.

Gold Museum

Destination Bogota to know the Gold Museum

In 2018 the National Geographic Magazine named it one of the ten best history museums in the world. It has a collection of nearly 34 thousand pre-Columbian gold pieces, as well as ceramic, stone and textile objects. 

Enrique Olaya Herrera National Park

Destination Bogota to know Olaya Park

Carrera Séptima, one of Bogotá’s main roads, marks the eastern limit of this park, located in the city’s central area. Its 283 hectares are used by sportsmen and amateurs to play tennis and soccer, do yoga, practice martial arts such as taekwondo and capoeira, and jog. The platform is also a meeting point for theater groups and skaters.

Chorro de Quevedo

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Chorro de Quevedo

It is believed that this was the place where Bogotá was founded about 500 years ago. This is a great place to try chicha: a fermented corn drink that people have drunk since pre-Columbian times.

Botero Museum

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Museum of Botero

This museum was founded in 2000 when Colombian artist Fernando Botero donated 123 of his works and 87 pieces of universal art to the city from authors such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

Simón Bolivar Metropolitan Park 

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Metropolitan Park Simón Bolívar

This central park is 113 hectares wide and includes green areas, 16 kilometers of roads and a lake. In addition to sports activities, this place hosts major events, such as Rock al Parque and the Ibero-American Theater Festival. The park is a system that integrates the Virgilio Barco Library, the Botanical Garden, the Aquatic Complex and the Los Novios Park.

Colón Theater

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Metropolitan Park Simón Bolívar

The Colón Theater is considered a National Monument. It first opened on October 12, 1892 to commemorate the fourth centenary Christopher Columbus’s arrival to America. The theater has a neoclassical architectural style and its construction was in charge of the Italian architect Pietro Cantini. 

Route Through Bogota's Memory

The Cachaco—a character from the Bogotá tradition during the first half of the 20th century—always dressed elegantly and was always well groomed. This route goes through five places—still open to the public—that these picturesque representatives of the city’s memory used to visit:

National Library

Destination Bogota to know the National Theater

It is one of the oldest libraries in the continent (1776). It currently contains around 4 million titles. 

Florida Bakery

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Sala de Onces la Florida

It first opened 82 years ago at Carrera Séptima, an emblematic street in the city. Its puff pastries have turned Florida into one of the most important places to have 'onces' (a mid-afternoon snack) in downtown Bogotá.

San Francisco Bowling Alley

Destination Bogota to know the bowling alley of San Francisco

It is one of the oldest bowling alleys in Latin America (1941). Many of its processes (scoring, ball collecting and pine organization) are still manual.

La Romana

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Restaurant La Romana

In 1964, the son of an Italian migrant gathered his family's culinary tradition and created this cafe-restaurant in which pasta and artisan pizzas are protagonists.

Café Pasaje

Destination Bogota to know the Pasaje del Café

A cafe with tangos and boleros, decorated with old advertising. After 82 years, the cafe has had many important milestones: in 1941, for example, Independiente Santa Fe, one of the main soccer teams in the city, was founded here.

Calle de los sombreros

Destination Bogota to know the Street of the Hats

The Cachaco attire always included a hat, which was bought in this street next to the administrative center of Bogotá. Around seven hat shops, with iconic styles such as the gardelian or the borsalino, are still open today.

Iglesia La Concepción

Destination Bogota to know the Chapel of the Conception

This church is one of the oldest buildings in Bogotá (1583). It was built in a Baroque style with muqarna alfarjes, geometric ornamentations, Corinthian capitals and religious figures carved in wood. 

La Puerta Falsa

Destination Bogota to know the Puerta falsa

Its name comes from its location in front of the lateral (or false) door of the Primatial Cathedral. The Sabogal family has been running the business for 202 years, serving its classic aguadepanela with cheese and its award-winning chocolate tamale. 

 

Downtown Cartagena also offers a wonderful peek into the past.  Book one of our flights to Cartagena and explore it. 

 

Route of the Squares and Traditional Markets

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Bogotá has been undergoing a constant process of modernization. 74.7% of its territory corresponds to rural land, and the marketplaces are the bridge between the city and the countryside. Book a flight to Bogotá and explore its main market squares: 

Flea Market of Usaquén 

Destination Bogota to know the Flea Market

Created 28 years ago, this place is inspired by street markets such as the one in San Telmo (Buenos Aires). Today, 480 merchants sell artisan products.

El Virrey Flower Market

Destination Bogota to know the Flower Market

In this park in the north of the city you will find flowers such as alstroemerias, roses or carnations; even exotic species like ginger, crane flowers, birds of paradise and opals. 

7 de Agosto Square 

Destination Bogota to know siete de agosto

Since 1972, this market has congregated the merchants of the 7 de Agosto neighborhood around fruits, vegetables and meats, which are sold in its 276 stalls. It’s also a great place to have a traditional rice soup. 

Paloquemao

Destination Bogota to know the Plaza de Paloquemao

In this 24,310 square-meter market there are around 1,800 commercial stalls selling fruits, vegetables, meats, flowers, condiments and sea products. It is also famous for its typical restaurants. 

Pasaje Rivas

Destination Bogota to know the Pasaje Rivas

125 years ago, this market was founded as a Parisian-style boulevard for high class shopping. Over the years, it became the first commercial complex for Colombian artisans.

Bogotá is not the only city with iconic markets. You can also book a flight to Quito and discover the Otavalo Artisanal Market, one of the many attractions near to the Ecuadorian capital. 

Nightlife Route

The party in Bogotá lasts until three in the morning in most areas of the city. The stops in the route will make you experience the capital's diverse nightlife, which has something to offer for every taste: 

Candelario (starting point) 

Destination Bogota to know the Candelario

During the day, it works as a restaurant and offers a menu of 20 Colombian dishes. However, on Fridays and Saturdays, from 9:30 p.m., it becomes a party place with reggaeton, salsa, dance hall, reggae and champeta. 

Céntrico

Destination Bogota to know Céntrico

The place is located on the 41st floor of a building that used to be the Hilton Hotel: 500 square meters of restaurant and bar, with two floors and an outdoor terrace that offers a panoramic view of the city. 

Theatron

Destination Bogota to know Theatron

Is the best-known LGBTI nightclub in Bogotá. On Saturdays it hosts the biggest party in the city for up to 7 thousand people with 14 halls divided by musical genre (including reggaeton, tropical, rock, pop, techno, dance hall, ballads and rancheras). 

Armando Records

Destination Bogota to know Armando Records

Armando is a fictional local character that traveled around the world and fell in love with the music he was discovering. Upon returning to the city, he wanted to share all that musical knowledge. In his bar there are three atmospheres (electronic, tropical and pop), and an international party with DJs, concerts and thematic events. 

Andrés Carne de Res

Destination Bogotá to know Andrés Carne de Res

According to the International Nightlife Association, this place was one of the 100 best clubs in the world in 2018 For 36 years, this restaurant bar, specialized in meat and typical food and decorated with traditional Colombian elements, has been an icon of Bogotá's party scene. 

Book now your flight tickets to Bogotá and enjoy some of the best parties in Colombia!

What to eat in Bogota? 

Restaurants

Villanos en Bermudas in Bogota

Destination Bogota to know the Restaurant Villanos Bermudas

Specialty: Fusion cuisine.

In 2016, Argentinian chef Nicolás López and Mexican chef Sergio Meza, friends in cooking, travels and flavors, met in Bogotá and decided to open a restaurant that would break culinary stereotypes. Two years later, Villanos en Bermudas became one of the best restaurants in the region, according to Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants. Nicolás and Sergio want to recover the tradition of food not as an extravagant luxury, but as a shared experience in which someone cooks and someone else eats.

The menu (made up mostly of local products) varies every week: they want to create a scenario in which there are no expectations. The only recurrent dish is acid bread (made with a three-year-old sourdough). Here, visitors can find dishes such as soursop salad, tomatoes and beans, or rice with creamy coconut, accompanied with fried sawfish and mango salad.

Leo Restaurant in Bogota

Destination Bogota to enjoy the restaurant Leo

Specialty: Colombian Fusion cuisine.

This is the best restaurant in Colombia according to the lists Latin America's 50 Best Restaurants 2018 and The World's Best Restaurants 2018. It was founded 14 years ago by chef Leonor Espinosa to revolutionize typical Colombian food: it seeks to go beyond emblematic dishes such as ajiaco and bandeja paisa, and give a 'twist' to its ingredients, preparations and presentations.

The menu is a trip around Colombia's regions, since it's goal is to recover gastronomic traditions. That is why the foundation that bears her name researches the flavors and ingredients of the indigenous and Afro-descendant communities. Leonor's initiative received the Basque Culinary World Prize in 2017 for its social work.

 

Travel to Cusco and visit the restaurant Mil Centro: It is next to an archaeological complex and is also a research center that explores the products of Andean biodiversity.

 Harry Sasson Restaurant in Bogota

Specialty: local cuisine

Acevichado prawns with green pepper, fresh palmitos of Putumayo (a jungle zone of southern Colombia), duck, fried rice ... What awaits inside the spacious and fresh lounge of Harry Sasson, one of the most recognized restaurants in Bogotá and one of the best in Latin America (#23 in the '50 Best' list), is an all-encompassing experience: from the bread that is baked twice a day, through its wood-burning grill, until the last sip of coffee, which is perhaps more toasted than usual for the European taste but maybe much less for an American palate. As Harry Sasson himself says, it is the result of the growing process of a chef who, for a quarter of a century, has interpreted and understood what the person who enters that room wants.

 El Chato Restaurant in Bogota

Specialty: local cuisine

Since we have mentioned the '50 Best' list, there are two other Bogotá restaurants in that privileged group worth mentioning: El Chato and Villanos en Bermudas. The first is worth a visit and is one of those 'miracles' of the culinary epic. It was about to close but today is one of the best restaurants in town due to its original meat cuts, its idea of food to share (you can order several entries, such as the crab with black rice chips), its main ingredients half-hidden in the dishes, and the idea of a focus and a very personal experience. As defined by Álvaro Clavijo, its chef, El Chato is a modern bistro with a local approach. It has a 'relaxed' atmosphere and good technique.

 Two options. Two styles of restaurants in Bogota

More recent, perhaps, is the idea of chef Koldo Miranda and the invitation to Spanish, Asian and Colombian cuisine that is Cuarto Frío. Here, with a stove in sight and the aesthetic that gave the place its name, it can be said that one is a spectator of cooking. In contrast, diners can also try Pajares Salinas, a classic of the city, also of Iberian cuisine with white tablecloths. If you are looking for a French menu, San Isidro, in Monserrate, is a good choice.

Typical Dishes

Avianca offers flights to Bogotá. Would you like to explore the city through its typical dishes? Here you can find some of them.

Tamal santafereño

Destination Bogota to enjoy the tamal

Amasijo (in some places prepared with rice) that contains meat and chicken, peas and carrots, wrapped in plantain leaves and steamed.

Chocolate santafereño

Destination Bogota to enjoy a santafereño chocolate

Hot chocolate drink served with milk and, sometimes, cinnamon and cloves.

A chef

Destination Bogota to meet Pedro Escobar the Enologist

Pedro Escobar

He enrolled at the Gato Dumas gastronomy school a day after graduating as a lawyer and later received his degree as a sommelier from the Argentinian School of Sommeliers. He is the creator of Nueve, a restaurant that opened its doors 10 years ago and stands out for its tapas menu, its dishes to share and its 165 wine references. It was recently recognized as one of the "5 places to visit in Bogotá" by The New York Times. In 2017, he was a special guest at the Ñam Gastronomic Festival in Chile.

A recipe

Ajiaco santafereño

Destination Bogota to enjoy the ajiaco santafereño

This dish, perhaps Bogotá's greatest gastronomic emblem, is the result of the miscegenation of indigenous cultures and the Spanish contribution during the colony.

For 8 servings:

  • 750 grams of peeled red potatoes (papa sabanera) cut into slices.
  • 750 grams of white potatoes (papa pastusa) peeled and cut into slices.
  • 4 litres of water.
  • 2 scallion stems.
  • 1 coriander branch.
  • 4 ears of corn cut into pieces.
  • 2 kilos of chicken.
  • 3 branches of guascas.
  • 250 grams of peas.
  • 1 kilo of peeled Creole potatoes cut into slices.
  • Salt.
  • Cream.
  • Capers.
  •  Sliced avocado.
  • Hot Sauce (ají criollo).
  1. Cover the potatoes with water.
  2. Heat the water with the scallions, the coriander branch and a little salt. When it boils, add the ears of corn and the chicken. Let cook for 40 minutes and remove all the broth.
  3. Shred the chicken into small stripes and store it with the ears of corn.
  4. Add half of the guascas, the white and red potatoes, and the peas (optional) to the broth. Cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Add the Creole potatoes and cook for 20 more minutes.
  6. Add the rest of the guasca leaves and the cob in pieces, and adjust the saltiness.
  7. Serve the ajiaco with the warm shredded chicken, accompanied by cream, capers, avocado and hot sauce.

Are you the kind of traveler that enjoys local food when visiting new places? Book your tickets to Bogotá with Avianca and explore the city through its most typical flavors.

Recommended events in Bogota

Check your calendar and keep in mind the following events for your next flights to Bogotá:

Stereo Picnic Festival

Destination Bogota to enjoy the picnic stereo festival

The Sabana de Bogotá is the scene of this alternative music festival. In 2018, about 82,000 people enjoyed the sounds of rock, electronic music, indie and hip-hop.

 

Dates: end of March or beginning of April

Ibero-American Theater Festival of Bogotá (FITB)

Destination Bogota to enjoy the Ibero-American theater festival

Since 1988, every two years the city hosts many national and foreign theater companies that take to the streets and stages with classical works, clown, contemporary dance, among other genres.      

 

Dates: March and April

 

Bogotá International Book Fair

Destination Bogota to enjoy the international book fair

This literary, commercial and cultural fair takes place at Corferias, Bogotá's exhibition ground. One of its main attractions is the pavilion of the guest of honour country: Argentina, France, Holland, Peru and Portugal have been some of the most recent in this event that hosted around 575,000 people in 2018.

 

Dates: end of April and beginning of May

 

Make the most of your tickets to Bogotá with Avianca and attend events that bring together the best artists in the world.

 

  • Conferencia PyCon 19 Colombia

From february 8 to 10. 

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.

  • Carrera Verde Colombia 2019

February 17.

Parque Simón Bolívar.

  • Bogotá Design Festival 2019

From march 5 to 9.

Centro Cultural LCI Bogotá (calle 77a N° 13-12).

  • Concierto de Lenny Kravitz

March 23.

Movistar Arena.

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El Dorado International Airport

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Average temperature

18 °C (64.4 °F)